LIBRARIES in the 80s used to be dusty, quiet places of reflection with stern librarians quick to tell noisy customers to be quiet.
Three decades later, they are vibrant, fun places.
This week, Lockswood Library, in Locks Heath is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a series of fun, family friendly activities.
Yesterday laughter filled the air as about 20 children took part in a story time session.
Assistant library manager Jo Satherley said: ‘It’s all about making people aware of what the library offers.
‘It’s not just books, people are quite shocked when they see what we do.
‘We’ve got games, DVDs, CDs, magazines, newspapers, lots of different things to do.
‘The computers are free to use too.
‘We even had two people join this morning who had come in with their children for story time.’
The library’s actual anniversary is on Sunday and the librarians will be testing customer’s knowledge in a 1984-themed quiz.
They are also running a children’s competition to design a birthday card.
Library assistant Beverley Ring, who has worked in Locks Heath library for 12 years, said: ‘It’s quite an achievement to be here for 30 years.
‘It is one of the busiest libraries in the area so it’s one of the most fun to work in, you’re never twiddling your thumbs.’
The library is a hit with locals, and has been even busier since Waitrose opened nearby in March.
Regular library user Zoe McCarthy stopped by yesterday with her daughter Lauren, three, who chose I’ll Show You Blue Kangaroo for her weekly book.
Mrs McCarthy, from Sarisbury, said: ‘We come here most weeks. It’s great for us in terms of location. It is so handy. The staff here are also very kind.’
The library will also be launching its summer reading campaign – the Mystical Maze – on Saturday, July 12, where children read six books to get a certificate.